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    burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    In the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, it says:

    burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    source: https://goo.gl/fD9htp
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    What do this sentence and the word 'negotiated' mean?

    Would you so kind as to help me?
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    PS I also posted the same question on this, but all of your answers are unique to me. Hope we can discuss with each other. Thank you.
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    Re: burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    Burros (a kind of equine related to horses) can be carefully led through the canyon (a long deep valley with very steep sides).

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    Re: burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    I don't agree with this use of the passive here. The burro may negotiate the difficult path, but they are not "negotiated" by some other actor.

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    Re: burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    I agree with SoothingDave.

    At first, since this link goes to a Chinese version of the Oxford American Writer's Thesaurus, I thought it might have been a bad translation. However, I checked the English version and that is how they wrote the sentence when describing "canyon".

    "Negotiate" in this context means to pick your way slowly through a dangerous pathway.

    I would rather see the sentence look something like:

    The burros negotiated their way along a rock strewn canyon path.
    Experience is recognizing a mistake the second time you make it.
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    Re: burros can be negotiated through the canyon.

    It should most definitely be "rock-strewn" in that context, Lynxear.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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